Tye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tye family

The surname Tye was first found in Nottingham where they were known as the Barons Tyes and even before the Conquest were a family great significance in that shire and in the county of Rutland.

However, one of the first records of the name was found much further to the south at Mousehole in Cornwall. "This place, which is also called Port Enys, is situated on the western shore of Mount's bay in the English Channel; and though at present only a large fishing-village, was formerly of considerable importance. In 1293, Henry de Tyes obtained for it the grant of a market on Tuesday, to which was afterwards added a fair on the festival of St. Barnabas." [1]

In the reign of Edward I. the manor of Alwarton in the parish of Madern, Cornwall belonged to the baronial family of Tyes, from whom it passed by female heirs successively to the Lisles and Berkeleys. [2]

Over in the town of Penzance, "a fort was built by one of the family of Tyes, in whose manor of Alwarton the town now stands. It was one of this family who obtained a market for Mousehole in the reign of Edward I. Yet the existence of this fort is only known from the name of its site, and from the aspect of the site itself. So early as 1292 a market was procured for it by Henry de Tyes; this was then held on Tuesdays, and to this was added a fair for three days, held on the festival of St. Barnabas." [2]

Early History of the Tye family

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Tye Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tye, Tee, Tyes, Tigh and others.

Early Notables of the Tye family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Christopher Tye (c.1505-c.1572), an English composer and organist; and Robert Tighe (died 1620), an English cleric and linguist, Archdeacon of...
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Tye Ranking

In the United States, the name Tye is the 7,114th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Tye family to Ireland

Some of the Tye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Tye migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Tye, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Tye, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [4]
  • Mary Tye, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [4]
  • Margtt Tye, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [4]
  • Suan Tye, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Tye, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Nicholas Tye, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
Tye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Tye, aged 25, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1839 [4]
  • Jane Tye, who settled in New York in 1861

Canada Tye migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tye Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George A. Tye, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • A. William Tye, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Anna Tye, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • Charles Tye, who arrived in Toronto in 1871
  • Daniel Tye, who settled in Ontario in 1871
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Tye migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Tye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Tye, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Elizabeth" on 20th June 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Charles Tye, (b. 1814), aged 30, English agricultural labourer who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1885 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tye (post 1700) +

  • Colonel Tye (1753-1780), American slave, Loyalist leader in the American Revolution
  • Joe Tye, American businessman, CEO of Values Coach Inc
  • Larry Tye, American non-fiction author and journalist, best known for his biography Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
  • Michael Tye, American philosopher at the University of Texas
  • Joe B. Tye, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1948 [7]
  • Joan Tye, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969 [7]
  • H. H. Tye, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 11th District, 1898 [7]
  • George L. Tye, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1936 [7]
  • B. F. Tye, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1920 [7]
  • John Tye (1848-1905), English cricketer
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/elizabeth
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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